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Poster: HektorT Date: Apr 8, 2010 2:53pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: How to determine if a film is copyrighted

Since VideoCellar, the resident copyright expert, seems to be less and less frequently posting, here are some online resources you can use to be walked through the process


A chart of the different laws over the years, then a questionnaire that steps you thru the process of determining if a work is copyrighted
http://chart.copyrightdata.com/index.php

ON the same website, exercises on how to determine more difficult cases
http://chart.copyrightdata.com/exercises.html

For GATT restored films
http://chart.copyrightdata.com/ForeignExercises.html

Note that as shown in the exercises, the fact that a film is not registered or doesn't have a notice doesn't make it PD if it is a derivative product or if it has a copyrighted screen play or is based on a copyrighted book.

Anyway, this plus the online copyright database should allow anybody to determine copyright registration status of any films released between 1950 - 1964 as they would have had to be renewed after 1978

In the case of films first published outside the USA they probably had their copyrights restored under GATT, but not all. It's not always so easy to figure these out.

Once you have determined that a film is not registered, if you google "name of film" public domain, you might find additional information to help you determine the status.

This post was modified by HektorT on 2010-04-08 21:53:08

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Poster: elmagno Date: Apr 8, 2010 4:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Those case studies/exercises are very well done.

Thanks for the informative links. PD can be like rocket science for lawyers, sometimes. Thanks again.

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